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  • Global investors are showing greater interest in alternative proteins, as the climate impact

  • of agriculture and food production comes under the spotlight.

  • The world's food system, including agriculture and land use, accounted for 25 to 30 per cent

  • of emissions from 2007 to 2016.

  • Demand for food protein is also being driven by population growth. By 2050 the world's

  • population is expected to be close to 10 billion.

  • Alternative protein comes from a variety of sources including plant protein, cultured

  • meat and insects.

  • Start-ups are also turning to high-tech fermentation to transform micro-organisms into proteins.

  • But despite its potential, alternative proteins are by no means a sure-fire investment success.

  • Beyond Meat, the company behind plant-based burgers, launched one of the most successful

  • public offerings in the US this year.

  • However, the stock has been on a roller coaster with market sentiment affected by low barriers

  • to entry and large food and meat companies moving into the sector.

  • Last year investment in plant-based start-ups totalled around $315m and the increasing competition

  • has led to concerns among some market-watchers.

  • Also, alternative meat products may not be as healthy as claimed thanks to additives

  • designed to appeal to consumer tastes.

  • Potential regulatory restrictions on labelling and branding could also constrain marketing

  • strategy.

  • But despite these concerns, some forecasters predict that substitutes will account for

  • 10 per cent of the $1.4tn global meat industry over the next decade.

Global investors are showing greater interest in alternative proteins, as the climate impact

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投資者對替代蛋白的需求日益增長 Rethink Sustainability (Investors growing appetite for alternative proteins Rethink Sustainability)

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    洪子雯 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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